'A Killer is Always a Killer:’ Gambia Gripped by Junglers’ Testimony


The appearance of Malick Jatta and five of his fellow Junglers at The Gambia’s Truth and Reconciliation Reparations Commission (TRRC) over the past three weeks has been the most gripping episode yet of the nationally broadcast hearings .

Jatta was a member of the Junglers, a death squad trained to do the dirtiest work of the country’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, whose abuses over 22 years in power are being revealed by the TRRC, which is being broadcast live into the living rooms of Africa’s smallest mainland nation.

Some of their victims were suffocated with plastic bags, some they shot, others they cut into pieces or threw into wells. To the outrage of many Gambians, especially their victims’ families,

Letting the Junglers go was the lawful thing to do, the justice minister, Abubacarr Tambadou, told the Guardian, as none of them were charged with any crime in more than two years of detention, while other confessed perpetrators walked freely.

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The Guardian